Following a serious motorcycle accident in the Spring of 2004, Jesse Smith began to question the direction his life was moving. After spending much of the previous four years spiraling down the dark hole of addiction, Christ’s light began to dawn in his life. He and his wife, Kimmi, moved home to the Salina area and began attending CrossRoads that same year. During a Leadership Retreat in the Fall of 2014, God placed a call to pastoral ministry on Jesse’s heart. Being an accountant by trade, Jesse did not immediately see how this would be possible for him to answer this call, as he had no formal training to fill the role of Pastor. After finally accepting that this was the direction that God was moving him in, he asked to be mentored by CrossRoads founding Pastor, Ron Bowell, in 2015. After leaving his secular job, Jesse moved into ministry at the Salina Rescue Mission, where he was given the opportunity to develop further as a leader. Pastor Jesse has been progressing through the Directed Study Program of the Brethren in Christ Church since 2017, and became an Associate Pastor at CrossRoads in 2019. As a “native son” of CrossRoads, Pastor Jesse is committed to the church’s mission of reaching out to those that society has given up on and pointing them to a new life in Christ. He and Kimmi have been married for 20 years and have three young children. In their “spare” time, they enjoy spending time outdoors, tending to their garden, or simply sitting on the front porch watching their children play.
Mark Brown came to the Salina area after working as a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist for 20 years. He joined CrossRoads Church twelve years ago. He is currently employed full time as a Human Resources Manager at Blue Beacon International. Mark earned two Masters Degrees (marriage and family therapy, business administration) from Friends University in Wichita, KS. Mark has a heart for those suffering with mental illness and/or addictions. Mark enjoys movies, fishing, teaching and reading about church history. Mark has been married to his wife Jill for 37 years. They have two adult children. Mark has been a licensed B.I.C. pastor since 2018.
Native to Salina from birth, Kelly Carpenter accepted Jesus into her heart at the young age of 8. After playing tug-of-war with Him for over 20 years, she finally overcame her desire to live for herself and turned her will instead over to Christ. Kelly studied digital media at Kansas State University and graduated with an Associate′s Degree in Business. She has worked in the church office since January 2016 and has devoted many hours to creating this webpage. She has a passion for helping women strengthen their relationship with Jesus and fills her time leading bible studies and various growth groups. Kelly married Buddy, her high-school sweetheart, in 2004 and they have three daughters that are her pride and joy.